Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute

Cognitive and motor impairments are common after a variety of brain diseases and insults and are a source of persistent disability in many individuals. Such disabilities result in loss of independence, substantial economic costs, and emotional burden to those affected and their caregivers.

 Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute is devoted to improving the lives of individuals with neurological disabilities through research. Institute scientists conduct grant-sponsored research on theoretical models of language, action, and motor impairments; advanced neurophysiological techniques of structure-function brain mapping; and naturalistic functional assessment. MRRI supports translation of research advances into rigorous clinical assessment tools, and a range of effective treatments including pharmacologic and experience-based treatments and assistive technology.



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September, 2015 - Leyla Tarhan, Christine Watson, and Laurel Buxbaum of Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute published a paper in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience titled "Shared and distinct neuroanatomic regions for tool-related action production and recognition: Evidence from 131 left-hemisphere stroke patients". May, 2015 - Laurel Buxbaum and MRRI post-doc Christine Watson published an article in the journal Cortex showing that specific regions of the parietal lobe are critical in selecting among different tool-related actions. April, 2015 - Dr. Myrna Schwartz and colleagues' study on Brain Mapping of Language impairments is featured in NIH Research Matters April, 2015 - Dr. Myrna Schwartz and colleagues have two new publications. They provide a detailed look at the organization of spoken language processing in the brain, as revealed by large-scale lesion-symptom mapping in individuals with aphasia. March, 2015 - Dr. Steven Jax and colleague Dr. H. Branch Coslett published a paper in Neuropsychologia showing that brain stimulation could be useful for improving mirror therapy for stroke survivors with problems making arm movements. Dec. 11, 2014 - Dr. Myrna Schwartz was on WHYY FM (National Public Radio) discussing the communication barriers and isolation that often come with speech aphasia. Listen Here July 2014 - Dr. Myrna Schwartz, and other colleagues, published a paper on a new, multivariate method for lesion-symptom mapping. June 2014 - Dr. John Whyte, director of the Moss Rehabilitation Institute is a primary author on a research paper that has been awarded the Mitchell Rosenthal Award for the best scientific publication using the NIDRR-funded Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems National Database. The title of the paper is " Functional Outcomes in Traumatic Disorders of Consciousness: 5-Year Outcomes From the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems." May 2014 - Dr. Tessa Hart presented the keynote address at the New Jersey Brain Injury Alliance annual conference on May 16, 2014. Dr. Hart told the audience of several hundred brain injury professionals and consumers about treatment models based on self-regulation models, including several that are being tested in her lab at MRRI. May 2014 - the Cognition and Action Lab directed by Dr. Laurel Buxbaum presented two posters at the Concepts, Actions, and Objects Meeting in Rovereto, Italy April 2014 - Dr. Laurel Buxbaum, and other colleagues, published an article in Brain titled, Critical brain regions for tool-related and imitative actions: a componential analysis. April 2014 - Dr. Laurel Buxbaum, and other colleagues, published an article in Neuropsychologia titled, Abnormal dynamics of activation of object use information in apraxia: Evidence from eyetracking. April 2014 - Dr. Tessa Hart is the lead author on a publication appearing in the April 1, 2014 issue of Journal of Neurotrauma. In a large sample of people with traumatic brain injury (TBI), Hart and her colleagues examined the factors that predicted various patterns of recovery of psychiatric symptoms during the first 6 months after injury. March 2014 - Dr. John Whyte, director of MRRI gave the keynote address at the 10th International Brain Injury Association meeting in San Francisco. March 2014 - Postdoctoral Fellows Konstantinos Tsagkaridis and Christine Watson, along with Institute Scientists Laurel Buxbaum and Steve Jax, have a new paper in "Frontiers in Human Neuroscience" on the role that action knowledge plays in understanding the relationships between everyday objects. Jan. 2014 - Dr. Laurel Buxbaum published an article in Cortex titled, Moving the gesture engram into the 21st Century. Jan. 2014 - A special supplement to the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation was published entitled "Toward a Taxonomy of Rehabilitation Treamtents." The supplement contains a collection of articles that are the product of a 5-year NIDRR-funded project to address the lack of any formal system for defining and organizing the many non-drug treatments that occur in rehabilitation. Nov. 2013 - Dr. Laurel Buxbaum, along with former postdoctoral fellow Dr. Solene Kalenine and other colleagues, published an article in the Psychonomic Bulletin and Review focusing on the influence of visual context on activation of object-related action information. Oct. 7&8, 2013 - Four external consultants who are known experts in different areas of rehabilitation research came to MRRI for a strategic planning meeting. Oct. 2013 - John Whyte was co-Editor, with Risa Nakase-Richardson, of the most recent issue of Archives on Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Oct. 2013 - NARRTC selects paper published by John Whyte and colleagues "The Best Research Paper for 2013" 6/13 - Tessa Hart received the Mitchell Rosenthal Award in June, 2013 for the best manuscript published on the Traumatic Brain Injury Model System National Database. 6/13 - John Whyte and Tessa Hart co-led an intensive 3-day Rehabilitation Treatment Taxonomy Workshop in Rockville, MD, in which they presented a framework for defining and classifying rehabilitation treatments according to their active ingredients and mechanisms of action. 10/13 - New article by Dr. Gary Dell, Dr. Myrna Schwartz and colleagues on voxel-based lesion mapping of parameters of a computational model of language production published in the journal Cognition. more news ...........